Who needs to wait until the summer season for a major blockbuster anymore?
If you decided seeing Keanu Reeves kick ass in John Wick 2 wasn’t your thing or firmly believe you would rather get your ass kicked than see a snippet of Fifty Shades Darker, I have some encouraging news for you – March is going to be your month. Every single Friday sees a new release that is not only a staple in many highly-anticipated lists, there is something releasing for virtually every moviegoer.
March’s releases include seeing an R-rated version of a fan-favorite X-Man, a live-action Disney adaptation that seems to be a match made in Heaven, astronauts on the cusp of an extraterrestrial revelation and more! Here are 10 of them that will satisfy whatever it is you’re craving.
1. ‘Logan’ – March 3rd, 2017
- Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, directed by James Mangold.
- Plot Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Is there anyone who is not incredibly hyped to watch Hugh Jackman’s (possible) final portrayal of Wolverine? This R-rated take on a mutant we have seen on the big screen for 17 years will deliver his final curtain call with Logan, a seemingly fitting end to his character arc as the brilliantly bittersweet trailers have illustrated. No doubt there will be plenty of cheering audience members as well as a bunch of grown adults weeping in their seats when the final moments are executed on screen.
2. ‘The Shack’ – March 3rd
- Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw and Radha Mitchell, directed by Stuart Hazeldine.
- Plot Synopsis: Based on the novel of the same name, The Shack follows a father’s transformative journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.
Don’t be surprised if this film manages to take the #2 spot behind Logan at the weekend box office.
As we have seen with numerous faith-based movies, particularly with the surprise financial successes of 2014’s Heaven Is For Real and 2015’s War Room, there is a huge audience for films that place emphasis on the miracle of faith. The Shack will see Avatar lead Sam Worthington work alongside Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer in this adaptation of the New York Times Best Seller. For those unfamiliar with the novel, it sold over 10 million copies and remained on the NYT list for 70 weeks. Don’t be surprised if this film manages to take the #2 spot behind Logan at the weekend box office.
3. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ – March 10th
- Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Jing Tian, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and John C. Reilly, directed Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
- Plot Synopsis: A diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Peter Jackson‘s 2005 epic King Kong was the last time we saw the illusive Kong on the big screen. Kong: Skull Island will serve as the second film, behind 2014’s Godzilla, in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s shared universe known as the MonsterVerse. The film has a number of well-known talents involved and looks to be as monstrous as it is visually stunning. With a budget of $190 million, a few million dollars short of Jackson’s budget for his take on Kong, it will be interesting to see how Skull Island stacks up against its MonsterVerse predecessor, Godzilla. The Gareth Edwards-directed Godzilla earned $529 million worldwide on a budget of $160 million and certainly kick started the intrigue into this giant monsters universe.
4. ‘Beauty And The Beast’ – March 17th
- Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Sir Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor, directed by Bill Condon.
- Plot Synopsis: A live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, Beauty And The Beast follows the classic fairy tale about a young woman who is taken prisoner by a monstrous prince in exchange for her father’s life… They then fall in love.
Beauty And The Beast is an example of a film that appeals to legions of fans, young or old.
Is there a more perfect example of ideal casting than Emma Watson as the kind-hearted book nerd Belle? The anticipation for this live-action Disney adaptation veers toward the excitement felt for 2015’s Cinderella moreso than the last live-action adaptation, 2016’s Pete’s Dragon. Pete’s Dragon was barely on anyone’s radar and still managed to gross $143 million worldwide on a $65 million budget, a number that isn’t exceptionally high; however I would argue it grossed as much as it did solely because of the name alone.
Beauty And The Beast is an example of a film that appeals to legions of fans, young or old. Older audiences that grew up with the classic Academy Award-winning animation will group together and push aside any younglings out of the way. Younger audiences will be able to experience the tale with stunning visuals and Watson as their live-action Belle. Dan Stevens‘ portrayal of Beast looks to be fantastic and Luke Evans‘ hair is beaming with all the Gaston glory. Let me buy my ticket already!
5. ‘The Belko Experiment’ – March 17th
- Starring: John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley and Sean Gunn, directed by Greg McLean.
- Plot Synopsis: A group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and are ordered by an unknown voice on an intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
If heartwarming tales about love aren’t your fancy, perhaps a few cold-blooded murders that raise the question of one’s ethical and moral obligations suits you. With a screenplay by Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 director James Gunn and released in limited theaters, The Belko Experiment is the perfect counter-programming to Beauty And The Beast that relishes its R-rating.
6. ‘Power Rangers’ – March 24th
- Starring: Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Elizabeth Banks, Ludi Lin, Becky G and Bryan Cranston, directed by Dean Israelite.
- Plot Synopsis: Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.
The time has almost arrived where we can proudly declare go, go Power Rangers! The beloved ’90s series is getting the modern age remake treatment come March. It will be interesting to see how the film fares since they have some big name talents attached including Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, who is essentially the Darth Vader of the Ranger universe, and Cranston as the mentoring Zordon. The trailers have been a pretty great selling point for the film since they showcase the excitement factor and fun the actors seem to be having.
- Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds and Hiroyuki Sanada, directed by Daniel Espinosa.
- Plot Synopsis: Life follows the six-member crew of the International Space Station who are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
With the popularity of science-based films growing thanks to the works of 2013’s Gravity and last year’s Arrival, seeing how the above three lead in Life will certainly warrant the film being worth checking out. The trailers haven’t made it seem like it is an incredibly thought provoking story, however it will be a treat to see how these characters deal with the “unintended consequences” discovering extraterrestrial life.
8. ‘Ghost In The Shell’ – March 31st
- Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbæk and Michael Pitt, directed by Rupert Sanders.
- Plot Synopsis: The Major is a special ops, one-of-a-kind, human-cyborg hybrid who leads an elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, she faces an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotics’ advancements in cyber technology.